Fire Marshal – Division Chief Community Safety Services

Poudre Fire Authority; Fort Collins, CO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Public Safety Director; Other Department Head/Director
  • Salary: $141,544 - $147,420.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Where: 102 Remington, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Post Date: Apr 10 2019


Position Title: Fire Marshal – Division Chief Community Safety Services
Department: Poudre Fire Authority - Community Safety & Service Division
Job #: CSS 040419 - Open to Public
Salary Range: $5,444 – 5,670 – Bi-weekly with Benefits
Closing Date: Open until filled or until adequate qualified applications are received
FLSA/Career Status: Exempt/Unclassified
Work Schedule: 40-hour work week
Selection Process: Will include one or more of the following assessment tools:
Review and Screening of On-Line Application;
Resume Review and Screening;
Written Exercise(s) and Screening Evaluations;
Background Investigation – acceptable/unacceptable;
Drug Screen - acceptable/unacceptable


This highly responsible administrative position manages the Community Safety Services Division. Responsibilities include the management and supervision of all assigned Fire Prevention operations and staff including plan review; construction and existing building inspections; hazardous materials compliance; fire investigations; public information, outreach and education; and code development. Represents the Fire Chief and the Authority to the public and maintains an active role in outside activities to include meetings with the public, other public safety departments or other jurisdictions. This position reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Fire Chief. This is an upper-management position responsible for a major department staff function on a 40-hour work week.


The Fire Marshal works under the general direction and guidance of the Fire Chief. The Fire Marshal is expected to make independent decisions regarding the direction and operation of the Community Safety Services Division.


Direct or general supervision of the personnel and functions of the Community Safety Services Division.


The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive:
Participates in the Authority’s overall community risk reduction efforts including the identification of risks and subsequent development and implementation of mitigation strategies; coordination of efforts with stakeholders; and evaluation of outcomes. Helps to maintain integrity and accuracy of incident, occupancy, and inspection databases.
Commands, directs, coordinates, and provides instruction to Division employees. Schedules, assigns and evaluates work; conducts short and long term plans for the Division; measures program performance; and ensures efficient operations of the Division and the delivery of strong customer service. Manages all assigned personnel and resources, maintains strong communications throughout the Division, with other division heads, Battalion Chiefs and with the Fire Chief.
Prepares, controls, and monitors the Division budget. Reviews and approves purchases, monitors resources, and ensures budgetary compliance throughout the fiscal year.
Serves as a high level representative of the department with outside agencies, other fire and rescue departments, and the public. May make commitments on behalf of the Authority.
Responsible for the daily supervision of sworn and civilian personnel to include: recommending employee promotions and other changes; recommendations on disciplinary actions; salary adjustments; scheduling and assigning work; allocating resources; and evaluating performance. Trains and develops subordinate staff.
Works closely with other departments and sworn and civilian personnel to communicate and coordinate service delivery and sharing of resources as needed.
Prepares written and verbal reports to the Fire Chief, Boards of Directors and others regarding operational and administrative issues. Ensures that policies and procedures are enforced throughout the Community Safety Services Division.
Responds to major fire, emergency, disaster, and other rescue scenes. May function as on-call Fire Investigation Supervisor on a rotational basis with the Assistant Fire Marshals. May function as the Public Information Officer.
Administers fire codes to ensure protection of life and property. Develops, presents, and implements code modifications and amendments as necessary. Prepares code adoption documentation for several cities/counties, collaborates with stakeholders, and makes presentations to elected officials.
Enforces all ordinances regarding the storage and use of hazardous materials; installation and maintenance of all fire alarm systems and fire extinguishing systems; the elimination of hazards in all structures, buildings, and open space (including those buildings under construction); maintains means of egress and investigates the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires; and releases of hazardous materials.
May recommend criminal charges or issue summons as appropriate as they pertain to arson, fire code, and hazardous materials violations.
Responsible for the plan review and inspection process for new development, new construction, and tenant improvement projects in accordance with adopted standards, policies and codes.
Responsible for inspecting existing business occupancies and for inspecting and testing of fire protection and detection systems and equipment in accordance with adopted codes, standards, and policies.
Responsible for the Community Risk Reduction, Public Affairs and Education function and assigned staff.
Conducts investigations of fire-code-related complaints from the public and departmental personnel and conducts community education regarding hazardous materials reporting and other departmental information.
Performs additional administrative tasks, or other responsibilities as needed and assigned.
Is a member of the Senior Leadership Team; may act as Fire Chief in his/her absence.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Protection Engineering, Public Administration, Business Management, or similar discipline. Advanced degree in a related field preferred.
• Seven (7) years of related experience with at least three years of supervisory experience.
• Fire service experience is desired.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in fire inspection, code enforcement, and construction plan review related to fire and life safety issues.
• Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with the functions of Public Affairs and Education are desired.
• Certified as an IFC Fire Inspector II by the International Code Council is desired within 6 months.
• Certified as a Fire or Building Plans Examiner by the International Code Council is desired within 6 months of hire.
• Certification as ICC or NFPA Certified Fire Marshal is desired.
• State certified as a State of Colorado Fire Suppression System Inspector or ability to obtain within 6 months from the date of hire.
• State certified as a State of Colorado Fire Inspector III – Plans Examiner or ability to obtain within 6 months from the date of hire.
• ICS 100, 200, 300, and 400 and IS 700, 800
• Must have Colorado driver’s license and be insurable by Authority’s insurance provider within 3 months of hiring.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job, such as those listed above, may be considered.


• Requires strong knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of fire department and public management and administration to include budgeting skills, personnel management, and supervisory skills.
• Knowledge of and experience with fire service accreditation (e.g. Center for Public Safety Excellence Accreditation.)
• Ability to provide goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes for assigned programs and staff.
• Must possess demonstrated ability to lead with character based leadership traits.
• Requires strong leadership skills and ability to provide a clear vision for the Division and related programs that is aligned with the direction of the division and Authority.
• Must thoroughly understand applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they apply to fire services; building and fire codes; personnel law; safety regulations; National Fire Protection Association standards; local municipal codes and departmental rules; regulations; and standard operating guidelines.
• Requires expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of modern fire suppression, prevention, and community risk reduction strategies.
• Must have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with staff, employees, citizens, and command staff members of other departments.


• While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, use hands, fingers, handle, feel or operate objects. Also includes climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, hearing, and seeing. The incumbent is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
• Incumbent must communicate clearly and effectively; must understand and be understood.
• Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision acuity and the ability to adjust his or her focus, allowing a broad field of vision.
• Requires frequent use of equipment including: personal computer (including various software packages, database, and spreadsheet programs), Authority automobiles, calculators, telephones, facsimile machines, copy machines, printers, and other general office equipment.


• Most work is performed in an office environment. The Fire Marshal will occasionally work at emergency scenes, in damaged structures, on construction sites, and on uneven terrain.
• The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed, and are in no way construed or perceived to be exhaustive.
• The job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change as requirements of the job change.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.


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